25 November 2007

Follow Up To Report of AK47 Shooting In Columbus

The Columbus Dispatch this morning is saying that someone fired on an apartment with an "assault rifle." Uh, message to the Dispatch. Shouldn't you have said "machine gun?" For that is an assault rifle.

Or did you mean to write "assault weapon," which is in truth merely a semi-auto rifle? PLEASE learn to use the language correctly and get your facts straight. At least the paper is saying that an assailant used the rifle. NBC4 reported last night that an AK47 killed people. As I have written before, images of a rifle levitating over a table, turning and searching for a victim entered my mind. For that is the message reporters continually -- dishonestly -- put out.

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